FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky – Buffalo Trace Distillery is continuing its tradition of being the world’s most award-winning distillery with several new honors from the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). The distillery earned a total of 11 awards this year, including a Gold Outstanding Medal for its Eagle Rare Bourbon, making this the second year in a row Eagle Rare has received this top honor.
Buffalo Trace Distillery spirits earning awards are as follows:
Gold Outstanding Medal was awarded to:
- Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Gold Medals were awarded to:
- Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
- Wheatley Vodka
Silver Outstanding Medals were awarded to:
- Benchmark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon
- Thomas Handy Straight Rye Whiskey
- Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon
- Col. E. H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon
Silver Medal was awarded to:
- George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
The “Gold Outstanding” and “Silver Outstanding” medals are awarded based upon the highest scores within each of those respective categories.
“The consistency of many of our results in this year’s competition tells us that we’re doing something right,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “We are very honored and humbled by our placements at the IWSC.”
The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs.
All entries are first blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary, by professional expert judges (by glass, not bottle) and then the top products are sent for detailed (chemical and microbiological) analysis. This analysis is crucial as in some instances the results of this analysis may lead to marks being deducted or even outright rejection. Learn more at www.iwsc.net.